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Cigar Review: Tatuaje Broadleaf Collection Cojonu 2003

Tatuaje Broadleaf Collection Cojonu 2003

 

 

 

One of the highlights that Tatuaje brought to the 2016 IPCPR Trade Show was a huge sampler offering known as the Tatuaje Reserva Broadleaf Collection. The collection contains the original 6 Seleccion de Cazador sizes, along with J21, SW, K222 and Cojonu 2003 all finished with a Broadleaf Wrapper. Available in a Master Case of all ten sizes, each in ten count bundles for a total of 100 sticks and also separately in ten count boxes of each vitola. 

 

 

In addition to the Connecticut Broadleaf wrapper, each of the blends contain Nicaraguan binder and filler. Each of the ten sizes are packaged in ten count bundles that fit into the sampler case. Pricing for the Tatuaje Reserva Broadleaf Collection is set at $1,200.00. A little out of your price range? Not to worry, Pete Johnson reported the company plans on shipping 10-count boxes of the 10 Connecticut broadleaf-wrapped cigars so you can now smoke your favorite Broadleaf Tatuaje cigars without mortgaging the house. Original production was 5,000 master cases the production number will now be significantly less.

 

 
TATUAJE BROADLEAF RESERVA COLLECTION
  • Tatuaje Havana Cazadores Reserva Broadleaf: 6 3/8 x 43
  • Tatuaje Unicos Reserva Broadleaf: 6 1/8 x 52
  • Tatuaje Noellas Reserva Broadleaf: 5 1/8 x 42
  • Tatuaje Tainos Reserva Broadleaf: 7 5/8 x 49
  • Tatuaje Especiales Reserva Broadleaf: 7 1/2 x 38
  • Tatuaje Regios Reserva Broadleaf: 5 x 50
  • Tatuaje Reserva SW Broadleaf: 7 x 47
  • Tatuaje Reserva J21 Broadleaf: 5 x 50
  • Tatuaje Reserva K222 Broadleaf: 5 7/8 x 52
  • Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 Reserva Broadleaf: 6 1/2 x 52

 

Everything has an origin. I started seriously smoking cigars at the end of 2005, there was only one social media outlet at the time, MySpace and all the information I learned about cigars was from Cigar Aficionado. I remember seeing the Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 in a 2006 issue and was immediately curious. Ordering cigars online was virtually nonexistent, or at least not what it is today and after a time consuming search I almost gave up. Growing up in the San Fernando Valley I knew of a few cigar retailers, I still didn’t know what a cigar lounge was or that they even existed. I began calling some stores and remembered there was one in Studio City, The Big Easy (which is no longer in business) and they did in fact carry Tatuaje. In fact, they were the only shop locally who did back then and only later finding out Pete actually worked there. Over a span of two years I braved shitty traffic across the Valley to grab as many cigars as I could per trip. I’m sure we all have a zen moment with our favorite cigars and one particular night at a party I had mine. The cigar was a Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 and it was absolutely perfect, least we forget Pete Johnson is the original king of the Broadleaf.

Flash forward to 2015, now I’ve learned plenty about cigars, have my own blog and made life long friends in the industry. I specially reference 2015 because that was the year of shop exclusives for Pete and there were several (Whores, Jackals, Drinking Age and many more). Everyone loves shop exclusives including me and some were outstanding, however in my opinion with so many exclusives I felt Petes core lines suffered, even the monster series lost a bit of a step after the Wolfman.

Getting back to his roots, in 2016-17 enter the Broadleaf collection. I’m happy to say Pete and Tatuaje are back in a huge way producing some of the finest cigars I’ve smoked since first discovering the brand back in 2006.

 

  • APPEARANCE

The Connecticut broadleaf wrapper is cocoa bean in color with notable seam, vein and tooth, in fact there were several large veins on the upper portion of the cigar near the cap. Looking rustic as broadleaf sometimes does, thick and gritty with a sharkskin texture. Three bands sit on the vitola, the primary is the very recognizable thin and brown label with “Tatuaje” in white cursive, four white fleur de lis are also on the band with thin white lines surrounding them. The secondary band is has a glossy black background with “Reserva” in gold cursive and “BROADLEAF” in thin black font, the label is rounded by gold accents. The third label is on the footer in glossy gold with “Cojonu” and “2003” in black font, black accents round out the band. The vitola has a rounded cap and a wide open foot. Pre light aroma had notes of barnyard, plain tea and chocolate. The cold draw produced flavors of leather with a slight peppered spice and sweet tea.

  • FIRST LIGHT

Upon first light flavors of charred cedar, creamy leather, dried meat and woody hickory chips. Background flavors of cocoa bean, dark chocolate and spicy charred cinnamon. A leathery aftertaste is notable on the lips in between draws. Black pepper is present at medium levels. The retro is producing full level of white pepper evolving into flavors of cinnamon.

  • CRUISE CONTROL BURN

Entering cruise control flavors of woody hickory BBQ chips and dried meat, almost jerky like. Sweet notes have moved forward in the flavor profile in the form of brown sugar char, maple and glazed caramel. Black pepper is still present at a medium level. The broadleaf Cojonu is still producing interesting and tasty flavors in between draws of creamy leather, raw charred cinnamon and a glazed dusting of both dark and milk chocolate. All aforementioned flavors are bold and hearty with a long enjoyable finish. The retro is producing consistent white pepper through the nose evolving into flavors of toffee and caramel.

  • FINAL THIRD

In final duration the vitola has mellowed into straight upper medium. Flavors of milk chocolate, coffee and nuances woody of hickory chips.  It’s still getting a dried meat flavor of plain jerky producing a hearty balance to the profile. Background notes of creamy leather, sweet maple and brown sugar char. The black pepper has increased slightly balancing in with the sweet flavors for a long sweet and spicy finish. The retro has amped up with full doses of white pepper evolving into flavors of caramel and chocolate.

  • CONSTRUCTION/STRENGTH

Despite looking rustic the construction on the Conjou 03 was solid! The draw on the straight cut was wide open producing thick plumes of creamy white aromatic smoke. The burn line was jagged and slightly crooked at cruise control, but corrected itself rolling into the final third. The whitish grey ash was thick and held past the inch point and zero re lights were required. The strength of the Tatuaje Conjou 2003 was in the high MEDIUM BODIED range that produced a ton of FULL flavors that brought me right back to 2006, so much so that originally I purchased a sampler of each size, 10 cigars, I loved them so much I went right back out and purchased the entire set of the Broadleaf collection, 100 cigars, and plan on enjoying these for some time to come! Well done Pete.

 

NOTABLE FLAVORS

  • Charred Cedar
  • Creamy Leather
  • Dried Meat/Jerky
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa Bean
  • Dark Chocolate/Milk
  • Charred Cinnamon
  • Woody Hickory BBQ Chips
  • Brown Sugar Char
  • Maple
  • Glazed Caramel
  • Black Pepper Medium/Full
  • White Pepper on the retro evolving into flavors of Cinnamon/Toffee/Chocolate/Caramel

 


Cigars for review: Purchased (10 pack sampler) (Reserva collection box – 100 cigars)
 
Cigars smoked for review: 3
 
Cigar Smoke Rate: 94
 
Size: 6 1/2 x 52 (Tatuaje Cojonu 2003 Reserva)
 
Wrapper: Connecticut broadleaf 
 
Binder: Nicaragua
 
Filler: Nicaragua
 
News Source: Cigar Coop
 
 
 
 
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